GI & Microbiome Testing

This is often a tumultuous time marked by unpredictable hormone cycles and the effects of these swings.

You may notice signs of development toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.

Women start perimenopause at different ages but average 45 -55 years.

Symptoms can include:

  • pain during sex
  • low sex drive
  • changes in appetite / cravings and associated weight gain
  • mood changes
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • And many other complaints
GI & Microbiome Testing - Symptoms
GI & Microbiome Testing - Perimenopause

Perimenopause is a woman's transition into menopause and the few years following.

Perimenopause begins well before you officially hit menopause defined as one year after the last menstrual period . In fact, women sometimes enter this stage anywhere from 8 to 10 years ahead of menopause. Perimenopause is marked by a drop in estrogen, which is the main female hormone produced by the ovaries. The degree to which you struggle with perimenopause symptoms has a lot to do with several factors that make your body unique, including your personal medical history, genetics, the quality of your diet, how active you are and your stress levels.

One cannot change their medical history or their genetics, so at The Balanced Woman we look at the other contributing factors .This includes diet and other lifestyle habits that can have a positive or negative impact on your body depending on certain choices . Exercise is another way to have a positive impact on how your body responds to hormonal change. It is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Whether you prefer low impact exercise such as walking, or high impact exercises such as aerobic classes, we will help you discover what best suits you and your ability, and design a program that you can integrate into your daily life. Additionally , stress management is critical to relieving the sometimes drama of perimenopause. The aim of the Balanced Woman is to introduce you to a unique tailored lifestyle program that works best for you.